Sophie Gregoire-Trudeau Is A Journalist, Activist, Yoga Teacher, And Justin's Wife

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sophie gregoire trudeauSophie Gregoire-Trudeau and Justin Trudeau share a moment on election night. (Photo: Kevin Van Paassen/Bloomerg via Getty)

Sophie Grégoire-Trudeau is an activist, TV personality and yoga practitioner, among other things.

She's also married to Justin Trudeau, Canada's prime minister-designate, whose Liberal Party was elected to a majority government on Monday night.

Grégoire-Trudeau was born in Montreal in 1975. She studied business at McGill before obtaining a bachelor of arts in communications at l'Université de Montreal, according to a bio.

From there, she worked as a personal shopper at Holt Renfrew and other jobs in advertising and sales, ahead of entering broadcast school.

That path brought her to a job writing copy for a news ticker (the "worst job ever," she told Women on the Fence in 2011) before she found work as an entertainment reporter.

A fateful meeting with CTV staffers at a 2005 event helped her secure a position as a Quebec correspondent for etalk, where she favoured covering celebrities' charity work over gossip about them.

Grégoire-Trudeau has a philanthropic streak all her own. She's been open about her struggle with bulimia, which started when she was17 and carried on in her 20s, The Windsor Star reported in 2008.

"Anything that we didn’t have in the house, I wanted to eat," she told the newspaper. "I was just always hungry, hungry for something that wasn’t food, it turns out."

Grégoire-Trudeau parlayed her experience with the condition into work with an organization called Clinique BACA, which raises awareness of eating disorders.

The Quebecer has also served as an ambassador for Because I Am a Girl, a non-profit group working to end gender inequality. Other organizations she has worked with include Girls for the Cure, the Women's Heart and Stroke Foundation, the Canadian Cancer Association and the Canadian Mental Health Association.

sophie gregoire trudeauSophie Gregoire-Trudeau applauds during Justin Trudeau's speech to supporters in Montreal on election night.

In 2012 she also became a yoga instructor, The Globe and Mail reported.

She loves how the practice helps people in "expanding and exploring our consciousness," she told the blog This Mom Loves, and she delivers speeches replete with Sanskrit invocations.

She and Justin became a pair in a roundabout way, according to an interview with Women on the Fence blog. Grégoire-Trudeau had been a classmate of Justin's brother Michel, who died in an avalanche in 1998.

Sophie and Justin hosted a charity event together in 2003. Sparks flew, but they didn't immediately begin dating. She tried to contact him via email but he didn't respond.

Months went by before they encountered each other — and she refused to give him her number. But he managed to find it anyway, and it wasn't long before they became an item, marrying in 2005.

The pair has been open about the strain that political life can place on a relationship. Trudeau has said that Sophie "hates" his job sometimes, and all the criticism that can entail.

But they have learned how to cope with it together, and they've learned lessons they pass on to their kids, Xavier, 8, Ella-Grace Margaret, 6, and Hadrien, 1.

"Learn to distance yourself from the criticism," Grégoire-Trudeau told CTV News on Sunday. "We have taught our children that meanness gets you nowhere in life."

On election night, Trudeau thanked many people for his party's victory, but Sophie's name came first. Earlier in the campaign, he shared emphatic words for his wife on his Twitter account:

The tweet translates as, "Thank you my love (and I do mean Sophie!) for all your door-knocking and the work you have done in this campaign."

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